Tuberculosis Prevention Policy
Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a highly infectious, potentially life threatening disease. Because of the increase in TB worldwide, in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations regarding strategies for TB control, and based upon KAR 28-1-30, KAR 281-31, KSA 65-129e and KSA 65-129f, Kansas State University (K-State) has implemented the following prevention and testing requirements and recommendations for the public health and safety of its community.
TB Screening Requirements
- All new students are required to complete the Tuberculosis (TB) Questionnaire on the myLafene portal under Medical Clearances.
- All students who have signs and symptoms of active tuberculosis, or have been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with active, or who were born in, resided in, or have traveled for more than three months in a high risk country are required to undergo a verbal screening and possibly further testing prior to beginning classes.
- Currently we pull our list of high risk countries from the World Health Organization and this list is updated every summer prior to fall semester based on review of most currently available data.
- Notify staff if you have ever had a positive TB test or have been treated for TB.
- If after your initial screening, you develop symptoms of TB, have an exposure to TB, develop a positive TB test, or travel to a high risk country for more than three months, notify Lafene Health Center for further testing.
- Bring to Lafene or upload to the portal all documentation of prior TB testing.
- Only TB testing completed in the United States will be accepted.